The RSES Fox Valley Chapter will host a seminar titled “R-410A and 13 SEER - The Future is Here” led by Nick Reggi, CMS. The seminar is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Elgin Community College Business Conference Center in Elgin, Ill.

Reggi will cover the subject of R-410A and discuss topics including: the facts regarding refrigerants; possible R-22 alternatives; the concern over lubricant requirements; the components that are considered to be “unique”; the importance of cylinder safety; the basics of charging techniques; the use of ph analysis to compare systems; and basic troubleshooting techniques. In addition, he will explore the 13 SEER standard and focus on topics such as: what the mandate says; what the mandate means to the industry; the equipment requirements; and what it means to the technician.

Reggi is the program coordinator of the HVACR and energy management programs at Humber College in Toronto. Having spent seven years with Carrier Canada in the manufacturing and service divisions, plus 20 years as a full-time professor with Humber College, he has obtained numerous certifications over the years and continues to be active in the industry as he delivers seminars for Carrier Canada, Totaline, National Environmental Balancing Bureau Canada, Technology Standards and Safety Authority, Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute, RSES Canada, and RSES International. Reggi remains actively involved in RSES as a member of the RSES Educational & Examining Board, RSES Canada, and the RSES Ontario Maple Leaf Chapter and is the RSES Region 17 director.

Testing opportunities for RSES Certificate Member (RSES members only), RSES Certificate Member Specialist (RSES members only), EPA Section 608 Certification, and the NATE series of exams will be held at 5 p.m. following the seminar. Exam fees vary. Exam registration and exam fees should be received no later than March 15, 2007.

NATE has recognized this seminar for .6 (6 hours) continuing education units toward renewing NATE certification. To receive NATE credit for attending this seminar, an attendee must bring his or her NATE identification card.

Hotel reservations can be made directly with Country Inn and Suites in Elgin, Ill., or the Courtyard by Marriott in West Dundee, Ill. The Country Inn and Suites is offering a rate of $70/night, including continental breakfast. For more information, visit or call 847-426-6400. The Courtyard by Marriott is offering a rate of $64/night. For more information, call 847-429-0300. When making hotel reservations, ask for the Elgin Community College Business Conference Center Partnership Rate to receive the discounted rate.

Seminar registration fees are $95 for RSES members and $115 for nonmembers. Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fees. To register or for additional information, contact Rich Hoke, CMS, by phone at 847-931-5650, or by e-mail at

Publication date:03/05/2007